Stephen Curry is a defensive nightmare.

One misconception you might have about this article is that I’m saying Steph is the best player in the NBA. Not true. What I am saying is that he causes the most amount of difficulties for any defence in the league. Here’s why…

Just how?

How do you guard a guy that can pull contested, off-the-dribble 3s from the hash; that can find any open man on the court with astonishing ease; or that will punish tight defense with awe-inspiring handles? I think you get the point I’m trying to make here…

Steph Curry leaves coaches scratching their heads after games. He forces you to guard him as soon as he crosses the half-court line, as there is simply no limit to his range past that point.

His pure range is enough of a problem, since he opens up so much space for his teammates to take advantage of. Once you start guarding Steph Curry high up the court, guys like Klay see that as an instant opportunity to get an easy open shot off of a screen and KD can also capitalize. Oh, and if you decide you can do nothing else but to double or even triple team Steph… You’ve essentially accepted that you’ve already lost.

This, to me, is why the Warriors are so hard to defend against… It’s not the individual players – it’s the opportunities they create for each other that make them so clinical. Steph Curry is just the mediator in that offense that keeps everything running smoothly

Hear it from the pros…

Kenny sums it up perfectly in this video, “his arsenal is just too deep.” That’s the thing with Curry, he just offers an offense so much that it’s too much to keep up with. Even the best defenders struggle guarding Steph Curry – that’s why he’s one of the best in the NBA.

Chauncey Billups, once a tenacious defender in the NBA, said this about Curry:

“He’s a guy you try to hold to his average. You have to think you’re not going let him explode for 40 or 50 on you, and just know that that’s a good day.”

It’s obvious when even former, Hall of Fame calibre NBA players appreciate how versatile Curry is when he plays. When a great NBA defender sees a good game against Curry as holding him to his averages, you realise just how good Steph really is. He’s simply too hard to stop…

And that’s what makes him the most dangerous player in the NBA.